KEOKUK — The Mt. Pleasant baseball team had scored a total of 22 runs in the seven games leading up to Friday night’s doubleheader in Keokuk. In two games on Friday night, the Panthers put up 35.
Mt. Pleasant slugged out a 15-8 win in game one and then poured on 20 more runs in game two, en route to a 20-0 skunking.
The Panthers led 9-1 after two innings in game one, scoring three runs int he first inning and six in the second. They led 11-1 at one point, after scoring two more in the top of the fourth inning.
Keokuk was able to get two back in the bottom of the fourth, and then stuck with Mt. Pleasan tn the final three innings. The two squads scored five runs each in the final three frames.
Table-setters Corbin Broeker and Nik Coble combined for eight hits in game one. Broeker went 4-6 with four RBIs and Coble went 4-6 with two RBIs.
Chase Williamson went 3-4 with a double and two RBIs. Brennen Bender went 2-4 with three RBis. Trace White was 2-4 with a double and two RBIs. Clayton Lowery was 2-6 with a double and an RBI, and Jaxon Hoyle was 1-4 with an RBI.
White picked up the win on the mound, going three innings. He gave up three earned runs on five hits and one walk, while striking out one batter. Will Edeker gave up five earned runs over three innings, and Lowery threw one scoreless inning. They both struck out one batter.
In game two, the Panthers got it done in just four innings. Mt. Pleasant scored seven runs in the first inning, one each in the second and third and 11 in the fourth to get to 20 runs.
Bender went 1-3 with three RBIs. Broeker was 2-3 with two RBIs. Williamson was 2-2 with an RBI. Lowery and Chase Lamm each went 2-4 with an RBI. Coble, Sawyer Carrasco and Dalton Gardner had one RBI apiece.
Coble picked up the win on the mound, throwing two shutout innings. He gave up one hit and walked one batter, while striking out two. Lowery went two shutout winnings as well, giving up one hit and one walk, while striking out five.
“We did a pretty good job of putting runs up every inning,” head coach Brent Broeker said after the games. “I kind of would have liked to end that first one a little earlier. We kind of lapsed a bit on defense, relaxed a bit and gave up more runs than we probably should have. Second game, we played pretty good defense. Pitching was real good and we got it done in the minimum.”
The Panthers are now 5-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play. They’ll take on first-place Fairfield (5-1) tonight (Monday) in a doubleheader, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
“We’re only one game out from Fairfield,” Broeker says. “If we can take care of business at home and pull out a sweep, we’re right back in this race. Even with a split, if we can stay right with them, we can hopefully catch them in the end. We’ll see what happens on Monday.”